Overhaul of sector will be complex – and expensive
THE elaborate promises made just weeks ago to ensure better quality control and monitoring of pre-school facilities provided some reassurance to parents after their trust in these services was severely eroded.
The disturbing television images of children being mistreated in a number of creches helped to graphically highlight gaps in the system which the Irish Independent and other newspapers had previously uncovered through extensive investigations.
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald was rightly held to account for many failures, including what appears to be an overly indulgent inspection system, a failure to publish inspection reports, poor staff training and a low level of monitoring.
Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.
Independent.ie Comments Facility
INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.
We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie